In the midst of the COVID pandemic, people with disabilities have suffered from isolation due to social distancing. With limited accessibility of ICT tools, distance learning, and unequal access to information related to COVID-19, people with disabilities witnessed a significant deterioration in their quality of life.
Accessibility is crucial for the full participation of people with disabilities at an equal footing with all. According to the Communication on the European Education Area 2025, systems at all levels should comply with the UNCRPD. Nevertheless, the "Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030" indicates that there has been insufficient systematic research on the required conditions for learners with disabilities to succeed in education.
ADILE will promote the empowerment and social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities (PWIDs), by promoting accessibility of ICT tools for distance learning. The project aims to:
- Define an online educational pathway for PWDs, specifically focused on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the field of active citizenship, media literacy, democratic values, exercise of rights.
- Develop an accessible online educational platformdedicated to PWDs, in easy-to-read language, in order to foster equal opportunities for distance learning.
- Define a European distance learning model for PWDs.
- Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
- Creation of an ADILE Toolkit: An online training course with accessible educational materials and resources, created for people with disabilties with the aim of improving their understanding of the world around them and increasing their autonomy.
- Educational platform: All training materials of the course will be made available on the ADILE platform, which will also be the model of accessible distance education proposed and tested by ADILE.
- Guidelines for the establishment of a European model for accessible distance learning for PWID: ADILE will create a model of distance education that guarantees accessibility that is currently lacking at the European level. These guidelines will enable the model to be applied in different contexts in a consistent manner.
- Societa Cooperativa sociale Controvento Onlus (coordinator) (Italy)
- BASE3 Societa Cooperativa (Italy)
- PREDIF – Plataforma Representativa Estatal de Discapacidad Física (Spain)
- European Asssociation of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (Belgium)
- I and F - Education and Development Limited (Ireland)
- Stowarzyszenie SEDA (Poland)
01/02/2022 – 01/02/2024
Rachel Vaughan, Head of Operations, EASPD
Catherine Lau, Communications Officer, EASPD